Sharp criticism of corona apps
Amnesty International criticizes some countries that use infection tracking
apps and emphasizes that their apps are based on technology that compromises
personal privacy. Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway make use of apps that Amnesty
describes as particularly dangerous. In Bahrain, whose app has been downloaded
by more than 400,000 people, authorities respond that it is voluntary to use it.
Overview of the capital city of Bahrain, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
Punishment against activist is mitigated
Human rights activist Nabil Rajab, who has been imprisoned since 2016 and is
convicted of several different charges, is released. He is not released, but
does not have to serve the rest of his sentence in prison. Both the UN and
several individual organizations have worked for him to be released (see
29 August 2018 and 31 December 2018). Rajab is the
first regime critic to have his sentence mitigated with the support of a law
passed in 2018.
"Swivel strap" to cope with the corona crisis
Ministries, government and government agencies must save in order to cope
with the corona crisis. The requirement is a 30 percent cut. In order to keep
the state's expenditure down, the timetable for, among other things,
construction projects, will also be changed, the message is after a government
meeting. Labor market laws should be amended to allow for changed benefits, it
is also stated, without details of what swing belt measures may be involved.
Support package against corona crisis
The Bahrain government announces a $ 11 billion crisis package to counter the
effects of the covid-19 pandemic affecting citizens and private companies. Among
other things, the money will cover three months of layoffs of employees as well
as electricity and water bills for the same amount of time.
Pandemic leads to amnesty
Bahrain reports its first death due to the spread of a new coronavirus,
sars-cov-2. A few days earlier, King Hamad has pardoned about 900 prisoners in
order to reduce the risk of infection spread in prison, while nearly 600
prisoners are allowed to serve the rest of their punishment on educational
programs. The authorities have restricted air traffic and are ordering all
travelers arriving from South Korea, Italy, Egypt and Lebanon to home quarantine
for two weeks. A Formula 1 race that would have been completed in March 2020 is
postponed in the future. Since March 11, the disease has been classified as a
pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is spread throughout the
Criticism of death sentences
A court determines the death sentences against two Shiites convicted of
murdering a policeman in a bomb attack in 2014. According to Amnesty
International, based the convictions on confessions made under torture. A
Bahraini exile organization based in London claims that there were many
deficiencies in the original trial against the men in 2014.